Exercise. It is a scary word for a lot of people. Well, it shouldn’t be! It can be intimidating to think about for someone new to the “workout world”. I promise there is nothing scary about it. In this day in age, we have thousands of different workout routines for people of all interests. That’s what makes it so fun in my opinion!
I know a lot of people ask “why is exercise important?” Some people believe you don’t need to exercise to live healthy and its all about the food we eat. Well that is half true. It is mostly about the food we put in our bodies. Though, to complete a healthy lifestyle, exercise and getting active is a must!
I’m going to break down all the reasons I’ve found of why exercise is so important for the body, the mind, and for our overall health. If you or anyone in your life ask “why is exercise important?” this article will cover all the basic knowledge you need to answer this question confidently and informatively.
Importance of exercise for the mind
Exercise isn’t just for gaining muscle or losing weight. It has an incredible effect on our mind and mood! When we exercise, it causes chemicals to be released. Some of them are serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Serotonin is known as a mood boosting chemical. Exercise can be a great thing to do if your feeling sad or depressed, it can help release any anger and change your mood into a more positive one.
Dopamine is known as the “reward” and “motivation” chemical. Doing a good workout in the morning is a great way to get motivated to take on the day and tackle any list of priorities one might have.
Endorphins interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce the perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to the feelings you would get from morphine. After working out, people usually have a “high” like feeling. It promotes someone to have extra energy and a more positive outlook on life!
Studies have proven that exercise:
- Boosts self-esteem
- Reduces stress levels
- Wards off anxiety and feelings of depression
- *Improves sleep quality*
I know firsthand just how powerful exercise is for the mind. It improves mind clarity, memory, sleep and is a serious mood booster!
Optimize weight loss
A big factor for losing weight is diet. I would say about 80% of losing weight and body fat all has to do with your nutrition and portion control. Changing your diet to a healthier one will definitely promote weight loss even if there is almost no physical activity. It will take much longer though.
If you want to optimize your weight loss, then getting to the gym is definitely the way to do so. Cardio sucks, we all know that already. People always believe in order to lose weight, you must go run on a treadmill or go cycling for an hour straight. Well that’s just not true. Even just doing 10-15 minutes of light cardio like jogging or the bike will get your heart rate up enough to jump start the metabolism, and get the body warm.
Exercising will also tone up any extra skin that might happen from losing fat. Naturally your skin gets stretched out when you gain weight. By exercising you will be replacing your fat with muscle and toning up that skin. Your rate of losing weight will be much higher and quicker just by adding a few days of exercise into your week.
Have you ever noticed how people that workout always seem to look younger than there actual age? Well I can tell you that is no coincidence. Scientific studies have shown that regular exercise can actually “slow down aging” and keep the body looking younger and healthier.
McMaster University in Ontario conducted a study that involved taking skin samples from volunteers that were 65 or older. Those volunteers then followed an endurance training program of jogging or cycling twice a week for 30 minutes. They continued this training for three months. At the end, the researchers again biopsied the volunteers’ skin. The researchers compared the skin under a microscope to find that the skin look like that of a much younger person, just from exercise!
In a study that was done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that doing regular heart pumping aerobic exercises appears to boost the size of the hippocampus. This is the area in our brain involved with verbal memory and learning. With this information, it was found that people who exercise regularly through there adult life have less of a chance to develop dementia at an early age.
So get up and find a steady workout routine you really enjoy, and stick with it! Keep your mind and skin younger with regular exercise and a balanced diet. Trust me, your future self WILL thank you for it!
Rock solid body
This is the most obvious reason why its important to exercise. It keeps you strong!! With regular exercise, you have more control over your body. Keeping the muscles active and strong just helps with everyday life, especially when getting older. Our bodies get more “creaky” and “crackly” overtime no matter what. Stay active to keep those bones strong and make aging easier!
Exercise has also proven to lower the risk of MANY diseases that are common with getting older. Along with keeping the outer shell of your body “rock solid” your also creating a strong defense system on the inside. Regular exercise can reduce the risk and help manage about two dozen physical and mental health conditions, some of those being:
- Coronary heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Many cancers
Exercise is great for keeping in shape and getting the physical body strong, but that’s not the only reason to hit the gym a few times a week. It plays a huge role in keeping everything on the inside of our bodies running at there best. It’s a win, win situation in my opinion. Workout to look good and feel great, but also to potentially prevent our bodies from getting chronic illnesses as we age!
There are so many amazing things that working out can do for the body inside and out. New research is being done every day to find all the great benefits.
Getting started can definitely be difficult at first. My best advice, find a workout you love! Explore and try new things. Don’t give up! Everyone is different, find the workout that suits your body best. It Doesn’t matter if you have to go through 10 different programs to find what fits. The important part is finding the one that works for you and that you enjoy doing!
It took me a few years to figure out what I like best. I’ve tried SO many workout programs and workout styles, but I never gave up! My personal favorite is Kettle bell training. I get excited to go to my workouts, which makes me work even harder, plus its fun! Stay determined. Be persistent. I promise it is all worth it in the end!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Hope you enjoyed! If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
Peace and Love
~ Jade 🙂